Apple unveiled their two new iPhone models yesterday and after looking closely at what was announced, it was easy to decide to keep the Nokia Lumia 1020 in my collection as the premier smartphone camera. Apple made some minor camera improvements, but it was less than I was expecting.
Apple increased the iPhone camera sensor and pixel size, much like the strategy that HTC took with the HTC One. In terms of the camera though, my Lumia 1020 easily beats the new iPhone 5S due to optical image stabilization, microphone recording quality, and ability to "re-zoom" into photos.
Only a few phones have optical image stabilization and so far none have been able to match what Nokia does with their camera phones. It is a pleasure to watch video captured with a high end Nokia Lumia device and won't make you queasy.
You will also find that recording events, such as concerts, parties, and speeches, can't be beat with the audio capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020.
I use the Pro Camera app 90% of the time so that I can zoom in later and make multiple photos from one great shot. I love this capability and applaud Nokia for their innovation with optics here.
In my earlier article, I also listed four other reasons, besides just the camera, why I chose the Lumia over the iPhone 5. These all still remain valid today when I look at the iPhone 5S and 5C. Apple is launching a radio service with iOS 7, but it is more limited than Nokia Music and Xbox Music so I have no personal interest in using it.
In the past I would tell people I wasn't buying the newest iPhone and then go and buy it on launch day as I was too weak to resist the urge to have the latest and greatest. Samsung, LG, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola have stepped up to the plate and now have extremely compelling offerings that make it easy for me to skip incremental iPhone updates without looking back.